Absolute War Soviet Russia in the Second World War

ISBN-10: 0375724710
ISBN-13: 9780375724718
Edition: N/A
Authors: Chris Bellamy
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Description: InAbsolute War, acclaimed historian and journalist Chris Bellamy crafts the first full account since the fall of the Soviet Union of World War II's battle on the Eastern Front, one of the deadliest conflicts in history. The conflict on the Eastern  More...

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Book details

List price: $24.00
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/14/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 880
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.25" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 1.782
Language: English

InAbsolute War, acclaimed historian and journalist Chris Bellamy crafts the first full account since the fall of the Soviet Union of World War II's battle on the Eastern Front, one of the deadliest conflicts in history. The conflict on the Eastern Front, fought between the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany between 1941 and 1945, was the greatest, most costly, and most brutal conflict on land in human history. It was arguably the single most decisive factor of the war, and shaped the postwar world as we know it. In this magisterial work, Bellamy outlines the lead-up to the war, in which the fragile alliance between the two dictators was unceremoniously broken, and examines its far-reaching consequences, arguing that the cost of victory was ultimately too much for the Soviet Union to bear. With breadth of scope and a surfeit of new information, this is the definitive history of a conflict whose reverberations are still felt today.

List of illustrations, figures and tables
Key to map symbols and abbreviations
Preface and acknowledgements
Flight of the rabid wolf: the long-term impact of the war in the East
Absolute and total war
'A cruel romance': the Nazi-Soviet alliance and Soviet expansion, August to November 1939
Further Soviet expansion and cooperation with Germany, November 1939 to June 1941
Who planned to attack whom, and how?
The war's worst-kept secret
Iron road east: the country, the forces
Barbarossa unleashed, and the battles of the frontiers...
Kremlin at war
Winning oneself to death
Midnight in Moscow
Black snow
White night: Leningrad, September 1941 to February 1944
The 'Grand Alliance'
To the edge of the abyss: the worst year - 1942
From defence to attack: the Caucasus, Stalingrad and Mars
Kursk, and a new professionalism
Destroying the Wehrmacht. Ukraine, Belarus and the Baltic: reasserting Soviet control
Victory
New world order
Select bibliography
Notes and references
Index

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